Roundtable Conference to Tackle Major Issues in Music

Credit: Contemporary Image Caption: Music Roundtable 2016. Image Credit: Daryl Charles
Chris Bowen
| April 10, 2017

We’re delighted that City of Sydney return as major sponsor for our Contemporary Music Roundtable, at Customs House Circular Quay from 1 to 3 August. This conference will address key issues shaping music and vital to advancing sector growth.

Conceived in 2015 as an initial strategic forum for the music industry, in 2016 the Roundtable tripled in size, and this year will welcome over two hundred delegates across three days at Sydney’s Customs House at Circular Quay. This growth is further underpinned by new partners Moshtix and Aon, who join APRA AMCOS as our 2017 industry sponsors.

Our vision continues for the Roundtable to be Australia’s major music policy and industry development forum – a national brains trust for innovation and development in contemporary music.

Australia has an extraordinary wealth of music talent. Converting that into a vibrant and sustainable musical landscape is no longer a given. The Roundtable tackles major contemporary music issues that represent both roadblocks to avoid and opportunities to seize.

To do this, at last year’s Roundtable we launched a national plan for contemporary music, an industry first. Effectively a blueprint for growth, this document outlines six key strategies to advance the sector across thirty individual initiatives.

Strategies include increasing our global market share of music; ensuring robust and effective copyright regimes; stimulating consumer demand and audiences for music; fostering skills, business and artist development; and advocating for best practice investment and regulatory environments.

Outcomes flowing from last year’s conference include plans for a national music industry statistical data report –  Measuring Australian Music, formation of a national gender equity committee to make recommendations to industry, and convening a national music educators group, open to all vocational and tertiary music educators.

This year we continue to advance implementation of key strategies and explore emerging hot issues across all facets of the music industry – with keynotes, short presentations, panels, interactive forums, and social networking.

Topics on our agenda are currently being scoped and likely to include:

  • Developing audiences for live music
  • Equitable remuneration for creators and musicians through effective copyright and fair performance pay
  • Gender equality in music, particularly in decision making roles
  • Mental health for artists and music industry professionals
  • The art of political advocacy for music
  • Capital, investment & micro financing for music businesses
  • Sound Solutions for Cities – balancing interests of live music and citizens in inner cities

Want to propose a topic for inclusion? Then respond to our call for input and get in touch now!

Early bird tickets discounted by 20 percent are on sale until 1 May. This is a limited allocation, so move fast to secure your ticket. Book here

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